Substantive short articles on Marxian sociology

Can Union Caucuses Change the World?

In March 2020, New York City became the U.S. epicenter of the emerging Covid-19 crisis. Yet neither city leaders, nor school district officials, nor teacher union leadership provided a meaningful response to a mounting public health crisis. Instead, the city’s fledgling social justice teachers’ union caucus, MORE, rose to [...]

By |2022-12-07T16:28:50-05:00Dec 7, 2022|

Can Fixed Duration Strikes Work?

On September 12th, 2022, approximately 15,000 nurses went on strike across Minnesota and Wisconsin in one of the largest private sector work stoppages by nurses in U.S. history. Workers demanded increased staffing and higher wages to retain nurses after working for over two years through a deadly pandemic. In [...]

By |2022-11-30T06:59:12-05:00Nov 30, 2022|

Studying Las Vegas reveals military sites contribute to environmental injustices

The story of military sites contributing to environmental injustices in Las Vegas offer us an important lesson of accountability on the U.S. Military for environmental injustices. Those on the frontlines, including nearby civilians and lower-rank military personnel, are more likely to experience detrimental health and environmental impacts from defense-related operations. Therefore, when thinking about contributors to environmental injustices, we must include the military into the equation.

By |2022-11-23T07:30:00-05:00Nov 23, 2022|

Rethinking the “human warehouse”: economic life in the austere prison

When he first arrived at Eastern Correctional Facility, in the spring of 2010, Juan wasn’t too concerned about his personal finances. After all, he thought, wasn’t the prison system going to provide him with “three hots and a cot”, if nothing else? It only took him a few days [...]

By |2022-11-16T09:30:12-05:00Nov 16, 2022|

Test-based accountability reduces teaching and learning to a capitalist mode of production

Just as the profit imperative coldly choreographs the economic encounter, the test score imperative subtracts autonomy from the educational equation. The process of producing test scores deprofessionalizes teachers, disengages students, and mechanicalizes the art of teaching and learning. Teachers are tasked with transforming disimpassioned pupils into rote learners. Instruction becomes a means to the end of testing like the production of goods and services is a means to the end of profiting.

By |2022-11-09T19:19:51-05:00Nov 9, 2022|

Women and Household Labor in Contemporary China

A long-standing element of the Chinese revolution since the 19th century is the liberation of women, especially from patriarchy, and the related physical bondages and family/social obligations. Naturally, the communists and their allies have always focused on moving women out of the tiresome and disciplining household labor. Chairman Mao [...]

By |2022-11-02T08:44:18-04:00Nov 2, 2022|

The Brahmin Left, the Merchant Right, and the Bloc Bourgeois

In the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, higher-income households voted more for Trump whereas Biden was more supported among higher-education individuals (college graduates and postgraduates). In the French 2022 presidential elections, higher-income and education individuals voted more for the right-center candidate Macron (compared for the far-right candidate Le Pen). As [...]

By |2022-10-26T14:20:29-04:00Oct 26, 2022|

Playing to submission: IT industry and game capitalism

In the tradition of previous labor ethnographies, my forthcoming book – Playing to Submission: IT Industry and Game Capitalism – takes on an ethnographic adventure into the heart of a U.S. tech company, to observe its front stage and behind the scenes, and to uncover the logic behind a fun game-playing cooperative environment.

By |2022-10-12T06:36:27-04:00Oct 12, 2022|

Populism and the Limits of Business Power

Populism has become a formidable political force across the world, ranging from Trump and Bolsonaro in the Americas to Duterte and Modi in Asia as well as Brexit and a variety of populist movements across Europe. While populism comes in different forms, conventionally grouped into exclusionary right-wing and inclusionary [...]

By |2022-10-05T06:56:23-04:00Oct 5, 2022|
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